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(BBC)   The McIntosh apple lacks crunch and is in decline. According to the World Apple & Pear Association   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 51
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2014-01-22 01:50:37 PM  
No hipsters to be found in that organization
 
2014-01-22 01:53:18 PM  
Big Mac inconsolable
 
2014-01-22 01:54:10 PM  
Great, another thread full of apple haters.
 
2014-01-22 01:59:44 PM  
Never liked it anyway...best for pies. For eating, I'll go with golden delicious.
 
2014-01-22 02:05:04 PM  
TEAM HONEYCRISP
 
2014-01-22 02:20:54 PM  
sorry apple fans, but mcintosh didn't invent crunch, android had that years ago
 
2014-01-22 02:33:23 PM  
macs and cortlands are good for pies...
 
2014-01-22 02:45:57 PM  
McIntosh apples are horrible for eating. Only Granny Smith is worse.

I'd eat any other apple over McIntosh. Red delicious, golden delicious, Fuji, Gala, Pink lady, anything.
 
2014-01-22 02:51:15 PM  

Rev.K: McIntosh apples are horrible for eating. Only Granny Smith is worse.

I'd eat any other apple over McIntosh. Red delicious, golden delicious, Fuji, Gala, Pink lady, anything.


Mcintosh and grannies aren't made for eating, they're made for pies.
 
2014-01-22 03:19:55 PM  
Apple trifecta in play.
 
2014-01-22 03:33:17 PM  
Is this a secret cockney rhyming slang thread?
 
2014-01-22 03:37:35 PM  
I prefer the Lisa.
 
2014-01-22 03:42:55 PM  
And now, a message from the National Apple Institute:

FARK PEARS.

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2014-01-22 03:46:09 PM  

gopher321: Never liked it anyway...best for pies. For eating, I'll go with golden delicious.


You misspelled 'Granny Smith'
 
2014-01-22 03:57:25 PM  

The_Sponge: TEAM HONEYCRISP


Here here!
/hear hear?
 
2014-01-22 03:59:47 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: And now, a message from the National Apple Institute:

FARK PEARS.

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First thing I thought of.  Props.
 
2014-01-22 04:02:17 PM  

Ambivalence: Rev.K: McIntosh apples are horrible for eating. Only Granny Smith is worse.

I'd eat any other apple over McIntosh. Red delicious, golden delicious, Fuji, Gala, Pink lady, anything.

Mcintosh and grannies aren't made for eating, they're made for pies.


Sure they are.  You just need to eat them when they are the size of a walnut instead of fully ripe.
 
2014-01-22 04:03:12 PM  
No, the Macintosh is in decline because it isn't genetically modified to the point where growers can store it for 5 years and still look and taste new.

/don't get me started about Florida orange juice...
 
2014-01-22 04:03:52 PM  

zulius: The_Sponge: TEAM HONEYCRISP

Here here!
/hear hear?


Thirded.

Galas if Honeycrisp isn't available, every other strain is easily bruised mealy shiat.
 
2014-01-22 04:05:48 PM  

Cymbal: zulius: The_Sponge: TEAM HONEYCRISP

Here here!
/hear hear?

Thirded.

Galas if Honeycrisp isn't available, every other strain is easily bruised mealy shiat.


Fourthed. Though I can't get Honeycrisps at the grocery store at the moment, so had to fall back to Golden Delicious.
 
2014-01-22 04:07:57 PM  

zulius: The_Sponge: TEAM HONEYCRISP

Here here!
/hear hear?


"Hear! Hear!" as in "listen to this man".
 
2014-01-22 04:14:20 PM  
Honeycrisp uber alles
 
2014-01-22 04:14:26 PM  
McIntosh are my favorite. I used to love Granny Smith but I somehow developed an allergy and now I can't eat them.  ;{
 
2014-01-22 04:15:31 PM  

Ashyukun: Cymbal: zulius: The_Sponge: TEAM HONEYCRISP

Here here!
/hear hear?

Thirded.

Galas if Honeycrisp isn't available, every other strain is easily bruised mealy shiat.

Fourthed. Though I can't get Honeycrisps at the grocery store at the moment, so had to fall back to Golden Delicious.


For me, it's Green Dragon > Honeycrisps > Gala > Pink Lady = Jonagold > Fuji > Sweetango

Tried an Opal for the first time today. Not bad.  Crunchy texture, sweetness and tartness less pronounced than Honeycrisp.  Doesn't turn brown --- freaky.
 
2014-01-22 04:38:03 PM  

Ashyukun: Cymbal: zulius: The_Sponge: TEAM HONEYCRISP

Here here!
/hear hear?

Thirded.

Galas if Honeycrisp isn't available, every other strain is easily bruised mealy shiat.

Fourthed. Though I can't get Honeycrisps at the grocery store at the moment, so had to fall back to Golden Delicious.


Fifthed, HONEYCRISP IS DA BOMB
 
2014-01-22 04:45:36 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: No, the Macintosh is in decline because it isn't genetically modified to the point where growers can store it for 5 years and still look and taste new.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple#Storage 
Some types, including the Granny Smith and Fuji, can be stored up to a year without significant degradation

Macintosh are great eating apples (crisp, tart, flavorful) just after harvest though they aren't good winter eating apples -  they become bland and mushy in storage and are best used for apple sauce. Likewise macintosh pies are best at harvest time.
 
2014-01-22 04:49:34 PM  
My opinion, McIntosh are wonderful if a.) they haven't been picked too early and b.) harvest wasn't that long ago and c.) they were stored correctly. Also helps if they're the old-fashioned kind with a green splotch on them somewhere. They're the apple of my childhood, so they bring lots of happy memories when I eat a good one.

But it's hard to find a good one, so I usually buy Jonagold. Usually they're as good as the Honeycrisps I can get around here (sometimes they're kind of awful) and Jonagolds are less than half the price.


/I should probably page Orange-Pippin to the thread...
 
2014-01-22 04:53:31 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: And now, a message from the National Apple Institute:

FARK PEARS.

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2014-01-22 05:05:16 PM  
Macs are great off the tree, but after a month after harvest (i.e., October 1), they get mealy very quickly and lose most of theri flavor
 
2014-01-22 05:09:02 PM  
 
2014-01-22 05:42:51 PM  
McIntosh are fine for eating if fresh. Also great for apple sauce.

Team Honeycrisp.
 
2014-01-22 05:44:32 PM  
A good Haralson is still my favorite eating apple. I like 'em on the tart side.
 
2014-01-22 05:46:12 PM  
I stopped eating apples after eating Honeycrisps. No other apple tastes as sweet to me.

I'm ruined!
 
2014-01-22 06:01:49 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Big Mac inconsolable


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2014-01-22 06:05:27 PM  
I've never had success using one variety of apple in pies. It's best to go 50/50 with them.

The best I've ever made was a combination of McIntosh and Yellow Delicious. Almost every recipe I've ever seen suggests Granny Smith for pies, but the promised ecstasy never materializes.
 
2014-01-22 06:15:16 PM  
My grandparents had a couple McIntosh trees, and many times as a child I had homemade McIntosh apple-sauce.  The nectar of the gods!  Wal-Mart sold it for years, but quit a few years back.  I was heartbroken.

Bought some fresh Macs one fall, bit into one as we were putting the groceries away, and I had to have the girlfriend take a bite.  She grabbed another, and we both had one eaten before everything was put away - they were better than freakin' candy.  You guys must have got some bad ones, or unripe ones.

Red Delicious just about ruined apples for me.
 
2014-01-22 06:49:27 PM  
Macs are the best for pies.
 
2014-01-22 06:56:21 PM  

This Face Left Blank: Red Delicious just about ruined apples for me.


Red Delicious has gotta be the crappiest apple variety out there. There are pie apples, there are sauce apples, there are salad apples and there are hand apples. Red Delicious tastes bad in all of them.

I'm not so picky about my hand apples, I'll go with Pink Lady, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith or Gala.
 
2014-01-22 07:04:41 PM  
Chazy Orchards largest McIntosh orchard in the world.

12921  zip code same forward as backward.
 
2014-01-22 07:07:17 PM  
http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/

Over a hundred varieties of apples.

Grow yer own.
 
2014-01-22 07:32:01 PM  
I really like Empire, but haven't seen them outside of New York. They are a McIntosh/Red Delicious cross.
 
2014-01-22 07:53:46 PM  

Rattlehead: I really like Empire, but haven't seen them outside of New York. They are a McIntosh/Red Delicious cross.


I found some last week in the produce section of a Super Wal-Mart here in southwest Ohio.

They were almost all sad, mealy, flavorless, and bruised.  I suspect they somehow got frozen while being shipped or stored.  Out of a 3 pound bag, there were 2 or 3 that were still good.  I'm going to give them another chance, but I don't think I'll be getting them from Wal-Mart again.
 
2014-01-22 07:59:13 PM  

knobmaker: http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/

Over a hundred varieties of apples.

Grow yer own.


I wish I knew of a place that would sell you samples of less common fruit varieties.  Besides apples, I'm looking into getting pears, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.  But I have no idea which variety I'd like best.
 
2014-01-22 08:05:04 PM  

Parthenogenetic: Out of a 3 pound bag, there were 2 or 3 that were still good.


Time to make sauce. Just boil the crap outta 'em, then run 'em though a food processor or a hand mill.
 
2014-01-22 08:26:57 PM  
You know who else thinks the MacIntosh apple is in decline...

s1.ibtimes.com
 
2014-01-22 08:42:01 PM  
What about Gushin' Granny apples?

/sorry for bringing Reddit trash here
 
2014-01-22 09:09:07 PM  

theorellior: Parthenogenetic: Out of a 3 pound bag, there were 2 or 3 that were still good.

Time to make sauce. Just boil the crap outta 'em, then run 'em though a food processor or a hand mill.


Too late.  I sauteed them with chopped onions and cabbage, butter, a little balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, and a crapload of black pepper.

Went great with pork loin.  It was so good, the kids ate it without asking what it was.
 
2014-01-22 09:15:56 PM  

Parthenogenetic: Too late. I sauteed them with chopped onions and cabbage, butter, a little balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, and a crapload of black pepper.


That will work just as well!
 
2014-01-23 06:31:04 AM  

Ambivalence: Mcintosh and grannies aren't made for eating, they're made for pies.


Agreed, although it makes you wonder what sort of apple is being used in the commercially baked pies if not McIntosh, are they all Granny Smith?
 
2014-01-23 08:44:15 AM  
apple products are overpriced fetishes for idiots who are too dumb to figure out how to eat grapefruit.
 
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